“Silenzio Bruno!”. With these two words Luca, the main character of the homonymous latest Disney movie set in Italy, ends his fears.
The teacher of this magic formula is his friend Alberto: “I know what’s your problem. You have a Bruno in your head”, he explains, referring to those moments when something is blocking us. It takes the courage to silence that something, or well that someone, to actually live fully our own life, with that little bit of risk that makes Disney characters’ stories so special.
Luca is no exception. This young sea shepherd lives a monotonous yet serene life under the sea of fictional Portorosso. In this little marine village not too far from Genoa, Italy, people live by fishing and keep their distance from the terrific marine monsters. They ignore however that once these creatures are out of the water, they look just like them.
Luca and Alberto are thus blended among them until they meet Giulia, who invites them to run in a local competition involving pasta, swimming and cycling. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will take Luca far from his comfort zone.
As always, Disney stories leave us with some teachings. Luca has something special, not merely because Italy is finally the scenery of a Disney movie that the whole world will watch, but especially because it narrates how the curiosity of a “different” kid becomes his one way ticket to adventures.
Luca is looking for a Vespa, yet he finds so much more.
There is the disability of Giulia’s father, treated with delicacy and normality. There is the friendship between Luca and Alberto which who knows, might be something more. Or maybe not, and this doubt is good enough.
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There is Luca’s desire to go to school with Giulia and study, because even though his family of sea shepherds doesn’t go beyond their little marine village, he’s curious and wants to learn about everything, so much it keeps him awake at night.
And finally (but not exhaustively) there’s the fear of the different, of those marine creatures who arrive from the sea but who, once they reach they shore, look just like everyone else.
To silence Bruno and get out of the water to explore Portorosso is eventually the best choice. So we too, when will get our heads out of the water, out of this forced apnea which is already one year and a half long, perhaps should say just like Luca and Alberto: “Silenzio Bruno!”